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Medicine and a 'Sense of the Sacred'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As clergy, we touch upon very holy realities when we baptize, consecrate the Eucharist, give absolution to sinners, or anoint the sick. These special moments engage divine grace in deep and important ...

When it comes to giving, less is moreLaura Kelly Fanucci

Every year my sister and I make the same promise to each other. "One year, we're not going to do presents at all," we declare over the phone. "And it will be the best Christmas ever." Our kids are all ...

Jacoby Ellsbury: deal or no dealDick Flavin

Jacoby Ellsbury was never a great fan favorite in these parts, even during his best days with the Red Sox. He never really connected with the fan base. During his one truly great season in Boston in 2011 ...

A last chance for Australian justiceGeorge Weigel

My late parents loved Cardinal George Pell, whom they knew for decades. So I found it a happy coincidence that, on November 12 (which would have been my parents' 70th wedding anniversary), a two-judge ...

Archbishop SheenRussell Shaw

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The ...

'The Crown' and the Primacy of GraceBishop Robert Barron

Like, I daresay, most of the English-speaking world, these past couple of years I've been watching episodes of "The Crown," the beautifully filmed, marvelously written program on the life and times of ...

Cardinal O'Connell's Thanksgiving sermonThomas Lester

In the published writings of Cardinal William H. O'Connell, archbishop of Boston from 1907 to 1944, is an undated Thanksgiving sermon in which he speaks upon the meaning of the holiday and what it means ...

Chuck Cooper and Bill RussellDick Flavin

Do you remember Chuck Cooper of the Boston Celtics? If you do, you've got a lot of gray in your hair -- assuming, that is, that you have any hair at all. Chuck Cooper is the reason that Bill Russell ...

Happy holy daysRichard Doerflinger

Is it my imagination, or has the Christmas shopping season (or "holiday shopping season") extended itself by another few weeks? What we used to call "Black Friday" sales, beginning the day after Thanksgiving, ...

Advent: Can we do it?Greg Erlandson

How is your supply of Christmas cheer doing these days? Mine is in rather short supply. Every year, around this time, I grouse about the Christmas ads in September and the Christmas music in October, ...